Fitzwilliam Museum

Photo: Andrew Dunn

The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge is as wonderful as you would expect from the city that houses that world’s top university. Intimate and welcoming, it is easy to see everything this fantastic museum has to offer in an afternoon. The museum is divided into Antiquities; Coins and Medals; Manuscripts and Printed Books; Applied Arts; and Paintings, Drawings and Prints. There are archaeological finds ranging from Ancient Egypt and Sudan to Japan and even Persepolis! The museum also boasts the world’s largest collection of 16th century Elizabethan virginal manuscripts. Fitzwilliam Museum is a small space that packs a punch with masterpieces by the likes of Money, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, and Picasso among its fine collection.

On the way in, take a moment to admire the building the Fitzwilliam is housed in, which is just as magnificent as some of the paintings within. Rain or shine, take a stroll along the Sculpture Promenade which boasts sculptures by artists from around the world. Pictures and playing are encouraged!

Once inside start in the Egyptian galleries and marvel at the massive sarcophaguses that kings were entombed in during ancient times. After exploring the other great civilizations of Greece and Rome, move into medieval times and imagine yourself as a knight on your way to battle as you examine the suits of armour. Become a lady of leisure and immerse yourself the extensive Rothschild collection of illuminated books. Detour into the petite gallery that displays some of the finest fans and embroidery samples in Britain.

Make sure to look up often to admire the hand-painted ceilings that feature throughout the museum. If you’re lucky enough to come on a Sunday afternoon, the Fitzwilliam hosts free concerts for its guests!


Trumpington St., Cambridge CB2 1RB
Tel: 01223 332900
Times: Tue – Sat: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm